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    RTorrent & RuTorrent Setup Guide

    This post inspired by Jesse Schoff's guidance with some updates and edits since I tried this yesterday and there were unmentioned updates and edits.

    Distributions

    Installation and configuration of these applications for different distributions of Linux is largely the same, but this guide is written specifically for Debian 8.x and Ubuntu 16.x.

    Note

    - The guide will use <username>, <server.address> and <port> placeholders as the username for ssh login, ip address of the server and port number for ssh access respectively. To avoid headaches, use only lowercase alpha characters for the username. Your server address can be an IP address or FQDN. Do not include the protocol or trailing slash. Do not make up a non-existent or unconfigured hostname. Use the server IP if in doubt. Examples: 123.123.123.123 or serveraddress.com. Choose a port for SSH. Somewhere between 10001-65535 is likely to be conflict free.

    - Any updates or edits kindly reply and I will update this post.

    Preparation

    Start by updating and upgrading the operating system:

    Code:
    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
    Secure Your Environment

    You likely know you shouldn't operate as root, whether you know why or not. If you want to know more, there are lots of resources. If you're starting from scratch, and this machine will be principally dedicated to rTorrent and ruTorrent, having a security hardened system likely isn't a major concern. But, if you're learning, you may as well learn with best practices in mind.

    Create a new user:

    Code:
    adduser <username>
    Install sudo:

    Code:
    apt-get install sudo
    Install nano (may already be installed):

    Code:
    apt-get update && apt-get install nano
    Open the super users list:

    Code:
    EDITOR=nano visudo
    Add your username to grant yourself super user privileges:

    Code:
    # User privilege specification
    root	ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
    <username> ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
    Open SSH configuration for editing:

    Code:
    nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    Let's edit the SSH configuration to make your server a little more secure. The following adjustments will...

    - Change the default SSH port to make it more difficult for attackers to access.
    - Disallow root login while only allowing your user account to login via SSH. An attacker would now have to guess the port and username.
    - Turn off x11 forwarding and DNS for added security.

    This is why we change the SSH port...



    Modify the following lines in sshd_config:

    Code:
    Port <port>
    PermitRootLogin no
    X11Forwarding no
    Add the following lines to the bottom of sshd_config:

    Code:
    UseDNS no
    AllowUsers <username>
    Restart SSH daemon:

    Code:
    service ssh reload
    Open a new terminal and test logging in with your newly created user + modified SSH port. If it works, close the root session and continue with your new user account, if not, check settings in previous steps with the root terminal.

    From now on, we will prepend sudo to many commands. This will execute the command with super user privileges, a requisite for modifying any files not owned by your user account.

    Installing rTorrent + LibTorrent + XML-RPC

    Install Dependencies

    Paste this entire line into the terminal to install each dependency.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -y build-essential subversion autoconf screen g++ gcc ntp curl comerr-dev pkg-config cfv libtool libssl-dev libncurses5-dev ncurses-term libsigc++-2.0-dev libcppunit-dev libcurl3 libcurl4-openssl-dev git
    -y makes the operation assume "yes" as answer to all prompts and run non-interactively. More information.

    Install XML-RPC

    From the project homepage:

    "XML-RPC is a quick-and-easy way to make procedure calls over the Internet. It converts the procedure call into an XML document, sends it to a remote server using HTTP, and gets back the response as XML."
    XML-RPC is required for communication between rTorrent and ruTorrent.

    Code:
    svn co -q https://svn.code.sf.net/p/xmlrpc-c/code/stable /tmp/xmlrpc-c
    cd /tmp/xmlrpc-c
    ./configure --disable-libwww-client --disable-wininet-client --disable-abyss-server --disable-cgi-server
    make -j2
    sudo make install
    Each of these commands should be executed individually. (Don't copy and paste the entire block; input them line by line.)

    In the commands above we've...

    - downloaded and unpacked XML-RPC into its own temporary directory.
    - configured XML-RPC while disabling features that we don't need for rtorrent/rutorrent.
    - used the -j2 modifier for make, forcing it to recompile using two threads. If you have a dual- or quad-core CPU, you can increase this number to speed up the compiling process (to a degree).

    Install LibTorrent

    LibTorrent is the library on which the rTorrent client runs.

    Before beginning this section, navigate to Rtorrent by rakshasa in your browser to find the latest version of the library. Update the filename in the commands below to account for the version of LibTorrent you'd like to use. Make sure any communities you belong to have the torrent client you choose to use whitelisted.

    Code:
    cd /tmp
    curl http://rtorrent.net/downloads/libtorrent-0.13.6.tar.gz | tar xz
    cd libtorrent-0.13.6
    ./autogen.sh
    ./configure
    make -j2
    sudo make install
    Install rTorrent

    Just as with the previous section, navigate to Rtorrent by rakshasa in your browser to find the latest version of the client. Update the filename in the commands below to account for the version of rTorrent you'd like to use. Make sure any communities you belong to have the torrent client you choose to use whitelisted.

    Code:
    cd /tmp
    curl http://rtorrent.net/downloads/rtorrent-0.9.6.tar.gz | tar xz
    cd rtorrent-0.9.6
    ./autogen.sh
    ./configure --with-xmlrpc-c
    make -j2
    sudo make install
    sudo ldconfig
    Make rTorrent directories and change their owner:

    Code:
    sudo mkdir -p /home/downloads/{.session,~watch}
    sudo chown -R <username>:<username> /home/downloads
    - The -p flag makes nested directories. I.e., it will create the directory downloads and nest .session and ~watch within it.
    - The -R flag recursively applies chown to the target's subfolders.

    Configure rTorrent

    To configure rTorrent, you need to modify the file ~/.rtorrent.rc. You can either modify each line individually, or paste the preconfigured file provided below.

    Option One: Copy and Paste Preconfigured .rtorrent.rc File

    Create the file in your home directory:

    Code:
    nano ~/.rtorrent.rc
    Paste the contents of following file into the .rtorrent.rc file you just created in Nano.

    Code:
    # Maximum and minimum number of peers to connect to per torrent.
    min_peers = 40
    max_peers = 100
    
    # Same as above but for seeding completed torrents (-1 = same as downloading)
    min_peers_seed = 25
    max_peers_seed = 60
    
    # Maximum number of simultaneous uploads per torrent.
    max_uploads = 30
    
    # Global upload and download rate in KiB. "0" for unlimited.
    #download_rate = 0
    #upload_rate = 0
    
    # Default directory to save the downloaded torrents.
    directory = /home/downloads
    
    # Default session directory. Make sure you don't run multiple instance
    # of rtorrent using the same session directory. Perhaps using a
    # relative path?
    session = /home/downloads/.session
    
    # Watch a directory for new torrents, and stop those that have been
    # deleted.
    schedule = watch_directory,5,5,load_start=/home/downloads/~watch/*.torrent
    
    # Close torrents when diskspace is low.
    schedule = low_diskspace,5,60,close_low_diskspace=10240M
    
    # The ip address reported to the tracker.
    #ip = 127.0.0.1
    #ip = rakshasa.no
    
    # The ip address the listening socket and outgoing connections is
    # bound to.
    #bind = 127.0.0.1
    #bind = rakshasa.no
    
    # Port range to use for listening.
    port_range = 55950-56000
    
    # Start opening ports at a random position within the port range.
    port_random = yes
    
    # Check hash for finished torrents. Might be usefull until the bug is
    # fixed that causes lack of diskspace not to be properly reported.
    check_hash = yes
    
    # Set whether the client should try to connect to UDP trackers.
    use_udp_trackers = yes
    
    # Alternative calls to bind and ip that should handle dynamic ip's.
    #schedule = ip_tick,0,1800,ip=rakshasa
    #schedule = bind_tick,0,1800,bind=rakshasa
    
    # Encryption options, set to none (default) or any combination of the following:
    # allow_incoming, try_outgoing, require, require_RC4, enable_retry, prefer_plaintext
    #
    # The example value allows incoming encrypted connections, starts unencrypted
    # outgoing connections but retries with encryption if they fail, preferring
    # plaintext to RC4 encryption after the encrypted handshake
    #
    encryption = allow_incoming,enable_retry,prefer_plaintext
    
    # Enable DHT support for trackerless torrents or when all trackers are down.
    # May be set to "disable" (completely disable DHT), "off" (do not start DHT),
    # "auto" (start and stop DHT as needed), or "on" (start DHT immediately).
    # The default is "off". For DHT to work, a session directory must be defined.
    #
    dht = disable
    
    # UDP port to use for DHT.
    #
    # dht_port = 6881
    
    # Enable peer exchange (for torrents not marked private)
    #
    peer_exchange = no
    
    scgi_port = 127.0.0.1:5000
    Option Two: Modify .rtorrent.rc Manually

    Copy .rtorrent.rc to your home directory, and then open the file for editing. Change the directory name to match the version of the package you downloaded.

    Code:
    cp ~/rtorrent-0.9.6/doc/rtorrent.rc ~/.rtorrent.rc
    nano ~/.rtorrent.rc
    Change or add the following lines accordingly:

    Code:
    directory = /home/downloads
    session = /home/downloads/.session
    schedule = watch_directory,5,5,load_start=/home/downloads/~watch/*.torrent
    schedule = low_diskspace,5,60,close_low_diskspace=10240M
    port_range = 55950-56000
    port_random = yes
    check_hash = yes
    use_udp_trackers = yes
    encryption = allow_incoming,enable_retry,prefer_plaintext
    dht = disable
    peer_exchange = no
    scgi_port = 127.0.0.1:5000
    Modify these values as you see fit. Of note, these lines...

    - Define the default downloads directory as /home/downloads.
    - Tell rTorrent where to 'watch' for new torrent files that are uploaded to the server, and to not add them if there is less than 10GB of disk space available.
    - Disable DHT and peer exchange, which is a requirement of most private trackers.
    - Define the scgi port for rTorrent

    Let's check to make sure rTorrent starts.

    Code:
    rtorrent
    You won't anything interesting; if it opens, we're good to go. Close rTorrent by pressing Ctrl+Q.

    Next, we'll start rTorrent in a screen session that will allow it to continue running in the background.

    Code:
    screen -S rtorrent -fa -d -m rtorrent
    What do those modifiers mean?

    -S rtorrent Screen session name: rtorrent
    -d -m Start screen in detached mode; exit if session terminates
    -fa Flow control: automatic
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    Automatically Start rTorrent on System Boot

    It's inconvenient to have to start rTorrent manually every time the server restarts. We can make it start automatically upon reboot by using a bash script.

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/init.d/rtorrent
    Paste the contents of this file into the terminal.

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    ### BEGIN INIT INFO
    # Provides:          rtorrent
    # Required-Start:    $local_fs $remote_fs $network $syslog
    # Required-Stop:     $local_fs $remote_fs $network $syslog
    # Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
    # Default-Stop:      0 1 6
    # Short-Description: Start/stop rtorrent daemon
    ### END INIT INFO
    
    # ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/init.d/rtorrent
    #
    # This script is an init script to run rtorrent in the background, using a
    # screen. The script was designed and tested for Debian systems, but may work on
    # other systems. On Debian, enable it by moving the script to
    # "/etc/init.d/rtorrent" and issuing the command
    # "update-rc.d rtorrent defaults 99"
    #    ____                _ _
    #   / ___|  ___  ___  __| | |__   _____  __
    #   \___ \ / _ \/ _ \/ _` | '_ \ / _ \ \/ /
    #    ___) |  __/  __/ (_| | |_) | (_) >  <
    #   |____/ \___|\___|\__,_|_.__/ \___/_/\_\
    #
    # @see http://methvin.net/scripts/rtorrent
    # @see http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/
    # ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    ## Username to run rtorrent under, make sure you have a .rtorrent.rc in the
    ## home directory of this user!
    USER="<username>"
    
    ## Absolute path to the rtorrent binary.
    ## run "which rtorrent"
    RTORRENT="/usr/local/bin/rtorrent"
    
    ## Absolute path to the screen binary.
    SCREEN="/usr/bin/screen"
    
    ## Name of the screen session, you can then "screen -r rtorrent" to get it back
    ## to the foreground and work with it on your shell.
    SCREEN_NAME="rtorrent"
    
    ## Absolute path to rtorrent's PID file.
    PIDFILE="/var/run/rtorrent.pid"
    
    ## Absolute path to rtorrent's XMLRPC socket.
    SOCKET="/var/run/rtorrent/rpc.socket"
    
    ## Check if the socket exists and if it exists delete it.
    delete_socket() {
    if [[ -e $SOCKET ]]; then
    rm -f $SOCKET
    fi
    }
    
    case "$1" in
    ## Start rtorrent in the background.
    start)
    echo "Starting rtorrent."
    delete_socket
    start-stop-daemon --start --background --oknodo \
    --pidfile "$PIDFILE" --make-pidfile \
    --chuid $USER \
    --exec $SCREEN -- -DmUS $SCREEN_NAME $RTORRENT
    if [[ $? -ne 0 ]]; then
    echo "Error: rtorrent failed to start."
    exit 1
    fi
    echo "rtorrent started successfully."
    ;;
    
    ## Stop rtorrent.
    stop)
    echo "Stopping rtorrent."
    start-stop-daemon --stop --oknodo --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
    if [[ $? -ne 0 ]]; then
    echo "Error: failed to stop rtorrent process."
    exit 1
    fi
    delete_socket
    echo "rtorrent stopped successfully."
    ;;
    
    ## Restart rtorrent.
    restart)
    "$0" stop
    sleep 1
    "$0" start || exit 1
    ;;
    
    ## Print usage information if the user gives an invalid option.
    *)
    echo "Usage: $0 [start|stop|restart]"
    exit 1
    ;;
    
    esac
    Set permissions and install the init script.

    Code:
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/rtorrent
    sudo update-rc.d rtorrent defaults 99
    Apache + PHP + SSL

    Install Web Server Dependencies

    For Ubuntu 16.4 LTS:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install apache2 apache2-utils libapache2-mod-php
    For Debian 8:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install apache2 apache2-utils libapache2-mod-php5
    Configure Apache

    Enable auth_digest module for ruTorrent authentication, SSL, and reqtimeout.

    Code:
    sudo a2enmod auth_digest ssl reqtimeout
    Open apache2.conf

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
    Edit or add the following lines:

    Code:
    Timeout 30
    ServerSignature Off
    ServerTokens Prod
    ServerTokens Prod will prevent Apache from reporting its version number, and ServerSignature Off will disable the server signature displayed in Apache error messages. Small steps to harden your system.

    Restart Apache

    Code:
    sudo service apache2 restart
    Now, let's confirm that Apache and PHP are working.

    Code:
    echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' | sudo tee /var/www/html/info.php
    The previous command created a file called info.php in the web root containing the function phpinfo(), which, if everything is functioning properly, should print a large table of information detailing your server's PHP settings.

    Open your browser and navigate to <server.address>/info.php

    After confirming that PHP and Apache are working, remove info.php to avoid unnecessarily exposing information about your system.

    Code:
    sudo rm /var/www/html/info.php
    Create an SSL Certificate

    We'll create a self-signed SSL certificate that will allow you to access ruTorrent via the https:// protocol and will expire in 10 years.

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /etc/apache2/ssl
    sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 3650 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem -out /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem
    Fill in the fields as prompted, or leave them blank (excepting the CN field). Be sure to input something for the CN (Common Name) field. Typically this is your server's hostname, but if you have a domain pointed to your server, you may use that instead.

    Now, change the permissions for the newly created certificate, as some programs will refuse to load these certificates if permissions are set wrong.

    Code:
    sudo chmod 600 /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem
    Configure Apache Access

    Open Apache's default configuration:

    Code:
    sudo nano etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf
    Modify as follows, or replace the whole document, to enable SSL on port 443 and to setup Auth Digest for the rutorrent directory:

    Code:
    <VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    <Directory />
      Options FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
    </Directory>
    <Directory /var/www/html/>
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
      AllowOverride None
      Order allow,deny
      allow from all
    </Directory>
    
    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
    <Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
      AllowOverride None
      Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
      Order allow,deny
      Allow from all
    </Directory>
    
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    
    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit, alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn
    
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    
    <Location /rutorrent>
      AuthType Digest
      AuthName "rutorrent"
      AuthDigestDomain /var/www/html/rutorrent/ http://<server.address>/rutorrent
      AuthDigestProvider file
      AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/.htpasswd
      Require valid-user
      SetEnv R_ENV "/var/www/html/rutorrent"
    </Location>
    </VirtualHost>
    
    <VirtualHost *:443>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    ServerName <server.address>:443
    
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem
    
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/
    <Directory />
      Options FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
    </Directory>
    <Directory /var/www/html/>
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
      AllowOverride None
      Order allow,deny
      allow from all
    </Directory>
    
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    
    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit, alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn
    
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    
    <Location /rutorrent>
      AuthType Digest
      AuthName "rutorrent"
      AuthDigestDomain /var/www/html/rutorrent/ http://<server.address>/rutorrent
      AuthDigestProvider file
      AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/.htpasswd
      Require valid-user
      SetEnv R_ENV "/var/www/html/rutorrent"
    </Location>
    </VirtualHost>
    Enable SSL for your site:

    Code:
    sudo a2ensite default-ssl
    Modify Apache ports configuration:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/apache2/ports.conf
    Modify ports.conf to include the line Listen 443, or just replace the whole file with this:

    Code:
    # If you just change the port or add more ports here, you will likely also
    # have to change the VirtualHost statement in
    # /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf
    
    Listen 80
    
    <IfModule ssl_module>
            Listen 443
    </IfModule>
    
    <IfModule mod_gnutls.c>
            Listen 443
    </IfModule>
    
    # vim: syntax=apache ts=4 sw=4 sts=4 sr noet
    Restart Apache

    Code:
    sudo service apache2 restart
    Confirm that Apache and SSL are working by navigating to your server in a browser with the https:// prefix: https://<server.address>

    You will likely receive a warning from your browser suggesting that the site is insecure. This is because of our self-signed certificate; ignore it and proceed. You should see a page containing the text, "It works!" Or with new versions of Ubuntu, you'll see the "Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page."

    Optional: Modify PHP Settings

    If you ever find yourself uploading one or two dozen torrents at a time, you may want to adjust the PHP settings to allow for larger file uploads. First, create a new phpinfo() file. There are other, quicker ways to find the active php.ini file, but this is a surefire method that won't leave you editing one of the inactive files.

    Code:
    echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' | sudo tee /var/www/html/info.php
    Go to <server.address>/info.php in your browser.

    Find the line that says Loaded Configuration file and then copy and paste its location in the following command, replacing the underlined string:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
    Use Ctrl+W in Nano to find and modify the following lines:

    Code:
    upload_max_filesize = 64M
    max_file_uploads = 200
    post_max_size = 128M
    You may set these values to whatever you like. Remove the file info.php to reduce security risks.

    Code:
    sudo rm /var/www/html/info.php
    Restart Apache

    Code:
    sudo service apache2 restart
    RuTorrent

    Install ruTorrent Dependencies

    Ubuntu 16.4 LTS:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install zip unzip zlib1g-dev ffmpeg mediainfo
    sudo apt-get install unrar rar
    For Debian 8, you must add an additional repository:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    Add the following line:

    Code:
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian jessie-backports main contrib non-free
    Run the following command to install FFMPEG.

    Code:
    sudo apt update && sudo apt install -t jessie-backports ffmpeg
    If installation of rar and unrar packages fails, you'll need to add the non-free repositories to your operating system.

    Add Non-free Repositories

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    Add the following lines to the bottom:

    Code:
    deb ftp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy non-free
    deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates non-free
    Update your server with the new repositories:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Try again to install unrar and rar:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install unrar rar
    Download ruTorrent

    Download ruTorrent from the project's Github repository, remove the packaged plugins directory, then replace it with the plugins from the repository. The following commands will download the latest versions of ruTorrent and plugins. No need to find the latest versions like in previous steps.

    Code:
    cd /var/www/html
    sudo git clone https://github.com/Novik/ruTorrent.git rutorrent
    sudo rm -r rutorrent/plugins
    sudo svn checkout https://github.com/Novik/ruTorrent/trunk/plugins rutorrent/plugins
    Configure ruTorrent

    Transfer ownership of rutorrent files to webserver so that they are accessible:

    Code:
    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data rutorrent
    sudo chmod -R 755 rutorrent
    Edit the ruTorrent configuration file:

    Code:
    sudo nano rutorrent/conf/config.php
    Code:
    	$log_file = '/tmp/rutorrent_errors.log';
    	$topDirectory = '/home/downloads/';
    	$pathToExternals = array(
    		"php" => '/usr/bin/php',
    		"curl" => '/usr/bin/curl',
    		"gzip" => '/bin/gzip',
    		"id" => '/usr/bin/id',
    		"stat" => '/usr/bin/stat',
    	);
    Those modifications...

    - Changed the error log filename to differentiate it from other error logs.
    - Restricted the ruTorrent interface to /home/downloads.
    - Defined the paths to ruTorrent dependencies.

    Configure ruTorrent Plugins

    ruTorrent has extended functionality beyond basic interface with rTorrent via a robust set of plugins. The plugins.ini file allows you to either hardcode an on/off state for individual plugins, or set them as user-defined, which allows you to determine their state within the ruTorrent web GUI.

    This alphabetized version of plugins.ini enables all of the (subjectively) most useful plugins, and the additional optional plugins you can choose to install later in this guide. Enable/disable plugins as you see fit (the more plugins enabled, the longer ruTorrent will take to load), and if you don't know what something does, leave it set as user-defined, and explore the features in the web GUI.

    Code:
    sudo rm -f /var/www/html/rutorrent/conf/plugins.ini
    sudo nano /var/www/html/rutorrent/conf/plugins.ini
    Code:
    ;; Plugins permissions.
    ;; If flag is not found in plugin section, corresponding flag from "default" section is used.
    ;; If flag is not found in "default" section, it is assumed to be "yes".
    ;;
    ;; For setting individual plugin permissions you must write something like that:
    ;;
    ;; [ratio]
    ;; enabled = yes ;; also may be "user-defined", in this case user can control plugins state from UI
    ;; canChangeToolbar = yes
    ;; canChangeMenu = yes
    ;; canChangeOptions = no
    ;; canChangeTabs = yes
    ;; canChangeColumns = yes
    ;; canChangeStatusBar = yes
    ;; canChangeCategory = yes
    ;; canBeShutdowned = yes
    
    [default]
    enabled = user-defined
    canChangeToolbar = yes
    canChangeMenu = yes
    canChangeOptions = yes
    canChangeTabs = yes
    canChangeColumns = yes
    canChangeStatusBar = yes
    canChangeCategory = yes
    canBeShutdowned = yes
    
    
    
    [_getdir]
    enabled = yes
    
    [_task]
    enabled = yes
    
    [autotools]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [chat]
    enabled = no
    
    [check_port]
    enabled = no
    
    [chunks]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [cookies]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [cpuload]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [create]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [data]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [datadir]
    enabled = yes
    
    [diskspace]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [edit]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [erasedata]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [extratio]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [extsearch]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [feeds]
    enabled = no
    
    [filedrop]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [filemanager]
    enabled = yes
    
    [fileshare]
    enabled = yes
    
    [geoip]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [history]
    enabled = no
    
    [httprpc]
    canBeShutdowned = no
    
    [instantsearch]
    enabled = no
    
    [ipad]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [logoff]
    enabled = yes
    
    [loginmgr]
    enabled = no
    
    [mediainfo]
    enabled = yes
    
    [mediastream]
    enabled = yes
    
    [pausewebui]
    enabled = yes
    
    [ratio]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [ratiocolor]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [retrackers]
    enabled = no
    
    [rpc]
    enabled = no
    
    [rss]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [rssurlrewrite]
    enabled = no
    
    [rutracker_check]
    enabled = no
    
    [scheduler]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [screenshots]
    enabled = yes
    
    [seedingtime]
    enabled = yes
    
    [show_peers_like_wtorrent]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [source]
    enabled = yes
    
    [theme]
    enabled = yes
    
    [throttle]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [titlebar]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [tracklabels]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [trafic]
    enabled = user-defined
    
    [unpack]
    enabled = user-defined
    Create ruTorrent Credentials

    Now let's create a username/password for ruTorrent. This is a different set of credentials than the SSH user account we created at the beginning of this process. It's more secure to pick different credentials than those you chose previously, but less convenient. It's your choice.

    Code:
    sudo htdigest -c /etc/apache2/.htpasswd rutorrent <username>
    Status Report

    You've now completed all the steps to run rTorrent and ruTorrent on your server. You can stop here, or add additional functionality to ruTorrent or to your server, like the ability to stream media to your local devices, and automatically download torrents that match custom filter rules.

    Before we go any further, verify that everything is working as expected. It's easier to fix problems now with fewer components to troubleshoot.

    Navigate to https://<server.address>/rutorrent

    Make sure the GUI loads, and then try adding a torrent.

    Troubleshooting

    Apache Error Logs

    Debian/Ubuntu: /var/log/apache2/error.log

    CentOS: /var/log/httpd/error_log

    rTorrent won't start after reboot

    If you find that rtorrent will not start on reboot, try to start rtorrent manually:

    Code:
    rtorrent
    You'll likely get the following error:

    Code:
    rtorrent: Could not lock session directory: "/home/downloads/.session/", held by ":+XXXX".
    This can happen if your system crashes, or if you run out of disk space. To resolve the issue, delete rtorrent.lock from the session directory.

    Code:
    sudo rm -f /home/downloads/.session/rtorrent.lock
    Now rtorrent should start, and you can reboot or start a new screen session for rtorrent:

    Code:
    screen -S rtorrent -fa -d -m rtorrent
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    Finally, note the most important updated part from the original guide is the editing of the file

    /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf
    instead of

    /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
    for apache access. Also lines 10 and 55 in the default profile given in the guide should have removed the option header thingy "-". It should look like below

    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    That's it so far.
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    What a post! Nice job, dude.
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    Update:

    Let us say a plugin like Tracklabels isn't working which is responsible for trackers tab and icons auto labeling then you simply remove the plugin folder and re-download it after setting the plugin as enabled and still not working.

    1) To set the plugin as enabled and confirm it's not working look to the steps above of editing the file

    Code:
    sudo nano /var/www/html/rutorrent/conf/plugins.ini
    2) to re-download and install the plugin simply

    Go the plugins folder

    Code:
    cd /var/www/html/rutorrent/plugins/
    remove the current plugin folder

    Code:
    sudo rm -r tracklabels
    download the latest plugin folder

    Code:
    sudo svn co https://github.com/Novik/ruTorrent/trunk/plugins/tracklabels
    Note that every plugin got its installation steps. This is just example and tracklabels known to face this issue after first installation.
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    Wow , Great tutorial
    Can you name which is the most popular plugins?
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    Thanks. The ones come with rutorrent are mostly important but on top of my head that I see all the time useful by everyone are

    cpuload
    create
    diskspace
    edit
    ersasedata
    filemanager
    mediainfo
    screenshots
    seedingtime
    theme
    tracklabels

    by the way, filemanager also could be missing after this installation. Simply download its folder in the plugins folder inside rutorrent folder. Here are the steps

    1) To set the plugin as enabled and confirm it's not working look to the steps above of editing the file

    Code:
    sudo nano /var/www/html/rutorrent/conf/plugins.ini
    2) to download and install the plugin simply

    Go the plugins folder

    Code:
    cd /var/www/html/rutorrent/plugins/
    download the latest plugin folder

    Code:
    sudo svn co https://github.com/nelu/rutorrent-thirdparty-plugins/trunk/filemanager
    give the right permission inside scripts folder

    Code:
    cd filemanager
    chmod 755 scripts/*
    Feel free to edit the config.php file for the plugin

    Code:
    sudo nano conf.php
    to set any external tools paths or manipulate any config. However this last one not usually required.
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    I suffer from this issue: https://github.com/rakshasa/libtorrent/issues/138 installing on debian stretch and require the feature-bind branch of libtorrent + rtorrent.

    Also I required zlib1g-dev to ./configure libtorrent.

    Just some things to maybe add.
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